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1 year 10 months ago #65720

While we're on the subject of dodgy decisions (and boy was the try-that-wasn't dodgy) did anyone have a good view of the Thornton hit on Farrell midway through the first half? Farrell was carrying on the left side of Cardiff's (Bohermore end) 22 and it looked on tv like Thornton hit him with a forearm smash.

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1 year 10 months ago #65733

I thought that it should have been given too. But we’ll take it! I was puzzled that the ref gave an attacking scrum- surely it should have been a 22? But maybe because the touch-in -goal and touchdown were simultaneous, there is a technical rule there that I wasn’t aware of?

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1 year 10 months ago #65734

No, they had scrum advantage from our knock on at the ruck. Pretty sure scrum advantage dies once you cross the line, but I think the ref was saying they didn't... or something.

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1 year 10 months ago #65735

Apparently it was due to to being a simultaneous grounding and in touch like was said, that's a rule I certainly wasn't aware of, but negates slightly how bad the ref was that he actually knew that rule, which seeing as that is a rule it probably was the right call.

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1 year 10 months ago #65736

Match being repeated on S4C just now, halfway through.

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1 year 10 months ago #65737

Can't have much sympathy with any winger who reaches out to the touch line with one hand (having switched the ball out of that hand) before (or simultaneously if people prefer) grounding the ball. All the coaching would emphasise ensuring the ball is grounded before any other part of your body hits the touch line. Stupid mistake from the winger is being excused by fussing over multiple replays of the footage. Not like they missed a Champions Cup Semi as a result of a mistake in the act of scoring. Take the Learnings.

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1 year 10 months ago #65738

Fast twitch wrote: Can't have much sympathy with any winger who reaches out to the touch line with one hand (having switched the ball out of that hand) before (or simultaneously if people prefer) grounding the ball. All the coaching would emphasise ensuring the ball is grounded before any other part of your body hits the touch line. Stupid mistake from the winger is being excused by fussing over multiple replays of the footage. Not like they missed a Champions Cup Semi as a result of a mistake in the act of scoring. Take the Learnings.


It wasn't so much a stupid mistake as an absolute try saver from Marmion who smashed him to put him off balance and on the way to touch, unfortunately KOd himself in the process.

I'll be honest and admit I'd probably be annoyed if it happened to us, but to say it was the difference in the game is a huge stretch. Thought Connacht were the better team throughout, the fact we were never behind is a testament to that. There were refereeing decisions we probably would have been moaning about if we'd lost, and it's impossible to know exactly how the game would have played out if they'd scored anyway. They could have missed the conversion, or maybe the defence galvanise and they never score at 78-79' with the team taking the foot off a bit the closer the clock gets to 80 with 2 scores in it.

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1 year 10 months ago #65745

Looking back at the last try, I think Harries was dangerously close to a simultaneous toe in touch as well, though I might have been mixing my boots up ...
To be honest, leaving the ground I thought we'd definitely got the rub of the green (Healy's try looked wrong on a number of levels at the time) but looking back it doesn't seem that bad.
If it was the other way I'd probably be moaning about about it as well, that's just how it works. I had the misfortune to read a bit of the Wales Online comment section in the article that decries the "disgusting" decision. It is an almost entertaining mixture of outrage, conspiracy theory, self-loathing, racism and navel gazing, all interspersed with the occasional plea to cop the feck on (or whatever the Welsh for feck is).
Though of course, as always, the Blues fans knocking about Galway were gracious and all round sound.


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